BP Webcam Shows Riser Flow

In an effort to capture oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP using a riser insertion tube tool (RITT) containment system. Once on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, the oil is then being stored and gas is being flared. The RITT remains a new technology and both its continued operation and its effectiveness in

Maintain A Thriving Candy Aisle

Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new Web site exclusively for convenience store operators. Mars24seven.com is a resource center with everything c-store operators need to create, enhance and maintain a successful candy aisle and to help drive overall store sales. With the click of a mouse, c-store operators have all the information in front

BP Pledges Transparency Regarding Spill

BP has reiterated its promise to be open and transparent in its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced in a press release. BP confirmed its continuing commitment to co-operate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in facilitating access by the US

Rethink Your Environmental Impact

To help food service operators reached their sustainability objectives, Eco-Products is launching the “ReTHINK Your Impact Challenge” at the National Restaurant Association trade show May 22-25.  Eco-Products plans to provide awards in two distinct categories: 1.  The ReTHINK Disposables Makeover converts an operator’s existing disposables-free, for one year- to Eco-Products’ renewable and recycled content products, promoting

Rutter’s To Award Free Gas

Rutter’s Rewards is adding octane to Rutter’s Farm Stores’ annual summer gas giveaway. Eight lucky Rutter’s customers will win free gas for one year during the “Fuel Up Free!” contest, which runs Monday through Aug. 29. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the introduction of our Rutter’s Rewards loyalty card, with more than 150,000

All-In-One Tank-Monitoring Solution

To some people, SKS, Inc., Escondido, Calif., is one of the last of a vanishing breed. The company is a bulk lubes and fuels distributor; operator of commercial fueling stations in the Pacific Pride network; and an installer and servicer of fuel equipment for end-users. Simply put, there are not too many firms that offer

Quiznos Plans To Expand

Denver-based Quiznos, which currently operates about 4,000 restaurants nation-wide,  plans to open as many as 600 new stores by the end of the year, including company-owned outlets, Phoenix Business News reported. “As a national brand, Quiznos has enjoyed success and resonated with customers across the map,” company officials said. “Quiznos will consider markets nationwide as

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Sponsors Autism Speaks 400

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes, the “Official Flavored Milk and Milkshakes of Dover International Speedway,” has donated $19,800 to Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization. The donation was presented during a press event held Sunday, May 16, before the start of the Autism Speaks 400. The $19,800 donation to Autism Speaks is the result

Terrible Herbst Honored

Las Vegas-based Terrible Herbst Inc. has been honored with the Employers Workplace Safety Award for its commitment to providing the safest work environments possible for its employees. The Employers Workplace Safety Award was created by Employers, a small business insurance specialist, to recognize outstanding workplace safety performance and to expand awareness of accident prevention as

C-Store Kidnapping Sparks Safety Review

After a clerk was abducted from a Cedar Rapids Kwik Stop c- store Monday, May 17, attention has been drawn to the safety of clerks who work the late shift, KCRG-TV reported. It also has prompted c-stores to take a look at the safety measures they have in place. In Cedar Rapids, a law requires

Marathon to Divest 166 stores

Marathon Oil Corp. has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with ACON Investments LLC, NTR Partners LLC and TPG Capital, L.P. to sell most of its Minnesota downstream assets.   The assets include the 74,000 barrel per day St. Paul Park refinery and associated terminal, 166 SuperAmerica convenience stores along with the SuperMom’s Bakery (a

7-Eleven Expands In Long Island

7-Eleven has added its 194th c-store on Long Island and signed with real estate brokers C.B. Richard Ellis with expectations of opening more, Long Island Business News reported. The new 2,950-square-foot 7-Eleven is located on the Jericho Turnpike. The Dallas-based retailer has plans to open 180 stores on Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, Gregg

FDA Holds Retailer Web Conference

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is developing a retailer education campaign to raise awareness about new regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. “The retail community plays a direct role in helping us protect our kids from tobacco,” the CTP noted in a press release.

FDA Holds Retailer Web Conference

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is developing a retailer education campaign to raise awareness about new regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. “The retail community plays a direct role in helping us protect our kids from tobacco,” the CTP noted in a press release.

Heineken Launches Summer Marketing Initiative

Heineken, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., unveiled the details of its ‘Plug into Summer’ on-premise initiative that invites consumers to enjoy Heineken and Heineken Light through interactive music experiences that connect them to all that Heineken’s fully integrated off-the-chart “Plug into Summer” program has to offer. Heineken’s “Plug into Summer” program combines

Ontario Fights 8% Tobacco Tax

Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is warning that if the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is introduced as planned on tobacco products, tobacco prices would grow by 8%, redirecting millions of dollars in taxes to organized crime groups. As it stands now, sales of tobacco products are not subject to Ontario, Canada’s 8% Provincial Sales Tax

BP Refutes Atlantis Accusations

BP has responded to allegations that its Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico operated with incomplete and inaccurate engineering documents. In light of claims recently made in the media that flawed or missing documentation posed a threat to safe operation of the platform, BP said it had thoroughly investigated these allegations when they were

Gasoline Prices Slipping into Memorial Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline futures known as RBOB (Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenated Blending) that trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled 35cts or 14 percent from a 19-month high reached on May 3 to May 17, capping the uptick in retail prices ahead of the unofficial kickoff to

Web-Based Training

Ready Training Online and Targeted Solutions have partnered to deliver online training services to the convenience industry. “Our industry is changing at a rapid pace,” noted Tom Hart, founder and CEO of Targeted Solutions. “I am thrilled to join forces with RTO, the leading online training company, to provide customized online solutions. We’ll offer businesses

Taking Back Breakfast

Hot Stuff Foods has launched an initiative to help retailers “Take Back Breakfast” from the QSR competition. “Fast food restaurants have amped up their efforts to take the traditionally strong breakfast business from convenience stores,” said Craig VanHyfte, vice president of marketing for Hot Stuff Foods. “And Hot Stuff Foods is arming our retailer partners

Register Now For CSD’s 2010 Foodservice Webcast Series

There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice production and profits. What c-stores can do, however, is build an effective foodservice program from the ground up if they learn to nurture the fundamentals and

Master-Bilt Announces New Sales Rep

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems for 70 years, has appointed a new sales representative group, Dynamic Equipment Solutions, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.  With additional offices in Murietta (San Diego area), and Las Vegas, Dynamic Equipment Solutions will service the southern California and southern Nevada markets. Formerly Auerbach Phelan Group, Dynamic Equipment Solutions

Sheetz Adds New All-Natural Beverage

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, is offering HINT Water’s top six SKUs: Blackberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Mango-Grapefruit, Raspberry-Lime and Strawberry-Kiwi in its more than 365 locations. The all-natural essence water has zero calories and no sugar. Like many c-stores Sheetz is incorporating natural and healthy alternatives like HINT to meet growing customer demand. “We are excited to bring

Rite Aid Foundation Donates To Flood Victims

The Rite Aid Foundation is donating water, food, cleaning and first aid supplies to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent flooding in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. “Flood waters can wreak damage on homes and can take days to recede. As our operations in the

Starbucks Flavored Coffee Reaches Supermarkets

Starbucks Corp. flavored coffee is headed to U.S. grocery stores this June, BusinessWeek reported. Customers will have the chance to buy vanilla, caramel and cinnamon flavored varieties from Starbuck’s new Natural Fusions line to brew at home. The 11-ounce packages will be available for a suggested retail price of $8.99. About 60% of Starbucks customers

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